Saturday, March 26, 2011

Redecorating The Blog This Weekend

Please ignore any wonkiness meanwhile (yes, even I'm tired of all that white on neutral-dark background...).

12 comments:

Matt said...

The new background makes me think of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Phoenix said...

@Matt: Not sure if that's good or bad ;o)

I'm trying for something not too hard and not too soft since the books I'll be promoting are both: a harder-edged SF suspense and a softer-edged (but gritty too) women's historical -- along with Extinct, which looks hard-edged from the cover.

I've been kind of stumped on how to present that visually through the brand I started building way back when.

Matt said...

I think a starry sky works well. A Midsummer Night's Dream is of course a romance, and stars could make others think of SF (even though yours doesn't take place in space). As for Extinct, the first thing that comes to mind is "meteor." Also, a Phoenix is a bird that shines in the night sky.

However, I only made those connections after you pointed me in that direction. And the orange text blends into the background -- I can read it, but I found myself highlighting to improve visibility.

Do you use preset templates or do you create your own?

I was just reading up on Spoil of War, and that cover is provocative!

Phoenix said...

Thanks for the feedback, Matt! Sounds like make a starry night is neutral enough to go with anything, maybe.

Blogger has templates you can customize out the wazoo now. I can pretty well choose most colors and elements. The starry night is one of the stock backgrounds. The blog title graphic is, of course, one I created (and changed up today, too).

I changed the color of the post date based on your comment. I kind of want it to fade a bit into the background, but I think it did fade too much.

The orange titles and my comments on previous queries is problematic since I actually chose those colors when I created the posts. They aren't part of the template so don't automatically change. That color's there to stay ;o(

I don't want a stark white background, so maybe a pale gray would work? A pale purple would match the template best if I don't go with the yellow/orange family, but I was afraid pale purple would be too off-putting to guys -- and I was planning on putting my query comments in purple. Hmm. I'll play with that tomorrow.

Thanks again :o) You always make me think, darn you!

Slush said...

I like it. It's got a fantasy/sci-fi feel to it!

Matt said...

Some things to think about as you play around with the colors...

Blue and orange contrast well and are eye-catching together. You might've noticed many movie posters contain blue and orange.

Green and grey give the feeling of dreams and illusion -- that's why The Matrix was tinted green (I'm thinking of your "Dare to Dream" motto though I don't think you meant that literally).

I wouldn't worry about purple putting off guys if that's what you want to use; colors are asexual.

Wilkins MacQueen said...

Looking very spiffy. Put up my first equine tale on my blog today. Feels like the time is right to get some of my ranch stories out.

Richard Pulis said...

I like the feel of the new colours except the orange. It fades into the backgroudn too much and I find it hard to read. I really like the purple. Have you thought of a dark blue (navy) for the lettering?

Phoenix said...

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I'm working on accommodating. The old orange on the old posts isn't automatically changeable, so I'm doing what I can to minimize it so if people are looking through the archives it won't be too hard to read. The only orange in the new scheme is for links that have been clicked on in the past. I'll try to darken them just a bit, but I don't want them to look too red like the critiquing text is now. Blue isn't really in the palette at the moment.

I have two monitors, and I can't tell you how different the colors look between them! What looks fabulous and sharp and clear and perfectly colored on one looks dark and murky and muddy on the other. And goodness knows how the different browsers are translating things :o)

David North-Martino said...

Looks great!!! : )

Jo-Ann said...

What a lovely new look, well done Phoenix. It's certainly easier on the eye.

Phoenix said...

Thanks, Dave and Jo. Yes, before, I slaved my thinking to the almighty brand without considering actual readability with all the different font colors and long posts. Pretty stupid from someone who should know better ;o).